I am currently reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book No Mud, No Lotus and came upon a beautiful chapter on the art of happiness. After last week’s letter on happiness as a practice, I thought you’d appreciate these words by one of the world’s most incredible teachers of mindfulness.“The essence of our practice can be described as transforming suffering into happiness. It’s not a complicated practice, but it requires us to cultivate mindfulness, concentration, and insight. It requires first of all we come home to ourselves, that we make peace with our suffering, treating it tenderly, and looking deeply at the roots of our pain. This requires that we let go of useless, unnecessary suffering, release the second arrow, and take a closer look at the idea of happiness. Finally, it requires that we nourish happiness daily, with acknowledgments, understanding, and compassion for ourselves and for those around us. We offer these practices to ourselves, to loved ones, and to the larger community. This is the art of suffering and the art of happiness. With each breath, we ease suffering and generate joy. With each step, the flower of insight blooms.
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Winter is a fantastic time to withdraw from the busyness of life and enjoy internal reflections in any way and anywhere we can. It’s an instinctive time to change the lens to a wide angle to broaden our vision.